Seeing...Films | 2018 - 4 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Welcome to my 4 Stars films week. You will be glad I didn't put these all in one post as I've been using the same word document and without these little intros I've written almost 3000 words (ops) 

Don't forget to let me know if you've watched any of these films and what you thought of them. 

Early Man


Another film I only watched because of having the pass, I watched this on the second day of having my pass as I wanted to try and get my first month’s value in the first weekend. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ardman animation, if things like Wallace and Gromit are on TV I will watch it and laugh but I’d never chosen to watch them, but this was on at a good time and meant I could see another film straight after and have a lot of my day left over.

I really enjoyed this film, it was very funny. It’s based around cavemen and a football team. Neither of these things are my type of thing but it was such a fun film and I laughed all the way through it.

Ready Player One

A very pleasant surprise, I had no prior knowledge of the film before and my friend picked it based on the time of the screening rather than the content of the film. Normally I would steer away from this kind of film but I loved it and wanted to watch it again. Sadly, I didn’t get time to go and see it before it had been taken off at the pictures. I had since reading the book and for once I liked the film better. I really struggled with the book and didn’t enjoy it. I think if I’d have read the book first, I wouldn’t have watched the film. It's set in a dystopian future where the majority of people spend time online in a virtual reality as reality isn’t worth spending time in. When the creator of the virtual reality dies, he’s left a challenge in his will for someone to win the ownership of the company but to win you have to compete in different challenges to get a chance to compete in the final battle. It has been really well done and I think it has been modernised enough to make it relevant and enough retro elements to be in keeping with the book.

Peter Rabbit

This was a lovely film but spoilt by James Cordon, as a rule, I don’t mind him. I don’t go out of my way to watch his stuff but if Gavin and Stacie is on or A League of Their Own is on I’ll watch it. But it was wrong for this film. Everything else was lovely and it was fun and well worth a watch if you can get past his voice.

Show Dogs


You might be surprised to find I rated this so highly but I love stupid talking animal films. This was funny, stupid, silly, laugh out loud funny and I loved everything. It’s one to watch for things in the background as well. It might not be one you tell everyone you watched let alone watched but for me it’s a perfect couple of hours, forget about everything and just laugh.

The plot is so implausible that it’s worth not thinking too hard about it. A police dog and an FBI agent have to team up to infiltrate a gang of criminals which are operating out of a dog show.

Christopher Robin

I can’t remember what rating this film was but it isn’t a kid’s film, it’s very nostalgic and aimed at grownups. It was quite sad in places and there was a lot of children in the screen and they either fell asleep and there was a lot of is it over, can we go. When will it end! It was quite funny as at one point a woman shh’d her child and said it’ll get good soon! Personally, I thought it was brilliant but I feel like you needed to be over 30 to fully appreciate it. Or at least have started to become a little bit jaded with life and have forgotten the joy of childhood.

King of Thieves

Based on the true story of the Hatton Garden robberies which didn’t happen all that long ago. This film was a lot funnier than I expected. It had great comic timing and a fantastic cast. When I originally saw the trailer, I knew I wanted to see the film but it was better than I’d expected.

Nativity Rocks

I’m not sure if I’d ever watched the nativity films before, but while I was off work ill in November, I discovered the first 3 films were on Netflix and Amazon Prime (I don’t think they are all on one, so you have to flip between them) So when I spotted the 4th film was out I decided to take myself off to watch it. Someone I worked with described it as the worst film he’s ever seen but me and him seem to have totally opposite tastes so I knew I’d love and I did. It was stupid in place, very far-fetched and a good one to while away a couple of hours without having anything to worry about. 

I laughed, I cried (more than once) It was a very sweet family film. However, the man next to me didn’t agree and I feel like he was very angry at being forced to sit through it! My cinema has some nice seats so if I were him and hated it that much I’d have popped out, he was with another adult and a child so it wasn’t like he’d be leaving a child alone. It’s always quite funny sitting next to someone who hates a film unless they are doing too much huffing and puffing.

The Grinch


I do love the live action version of the Grinch so when I found out there was a cartoon version coming out, I was excited to see it but no one I knew wanted to see it. Over Christmas, I had a couple of hours to myself so I sneaked off and watched it.
It doesn’t get a 5-star rating as some bit irritated me and they were small things such as the girl’s scarf was way too long and It bugged me so much. But overall it was a sweet and fun family film.


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